Director of Namanu Programs and Facilities

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Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-competent, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

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The Director of Namanu Programs and Facilities provides vision, management, and supervision for all aspects of Camp Fire Columbia’s Camp Namanu facilities and camp programs to include overnight summer resident camp, rentals, and other on-site programming.

The Director of Namanu Programs & Facilities advances the goals and values of Camp Fire Columbia by: 

Being a fierce advocate for the power of residential camping to improve the lives of young people of all backgrounds

Ensuring that “Camp is for Kids” and keeping youth voice and opportunities at the forefront of programming and planning

Seeking opportunities for the work of Camp Namanu to promote equity across Camp Fire communities

Protecting the history and integrity of the Camp Namanu site and facilities while ensuring to address the safety and needs of future youth


Ability and desire to collaborate with campers, families, staff team, alumni, and community partners. Leads the department which includes seven plus year-round staff and ~75 summer staff. Directly supervises two plus staff.

Salary and Benefits: 

Compensation: Dependent upon experience.

Benefits:  Camp Fire Columbia offers a full range of benefits, including medical, vision, dental, short term disability and life insurance as well as vacation, sick and volunteer paid time off, paid holidays and 401K with match!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Ensures the health and safety of camp staff and campers.
  2. Generates the inspiring vision and ensures the highest standards and best practices of Camp Fire Columbia, American Camp Association, and local/federal ordinances are in place for Camp Namanu programs.
  3. Oversees Camp Namanu’s property and facilities including the use, upkeep, maintenance, and master planning for camp facilities and grounds.
  4. Oversees the development and implementation of all programming at Camp Namanu, ensuring it meets the needs of today’s youth, while honoring the rich tradition of Camp Fire programs from the past.

Job Duties


Develops, manages, and evaluates an annual budget and capital budget for Camp Namanu, and other programs to include regular analysis and projections to ensure organizational success, stewardship of resources, and mission impact. 

Leads the development and implementation of a department plan and individual staff work plans in alignment with the organization strategic plan. 


Acts as liaison between Friends of Namanu and Camp Fire staff/programs.

Ensures highest level of customer service for constituents (i.e. families, campers, alumni, rental groups, and partners).

Through external relations and community outreach, creates opportunities and develops partnerships to further Camp Fire’s mission, strategic plans, and/or objectives. 

Actively engages in community initiatives related to youth/families and/or outdoor education to ensure that Camp Fire is “at the table” and engaged. 


Works closely with the VP of Development & Communications to create and execute plans for fundraising, communications and marketing.

Support donor relationships through face-to-face and written communication.

Execute any/all grant expectations following funder guidelines, and review and assess implementation of contract(s) as appropriate.


Oversees all Camp Fire Columbia camp programs including Camp Namanu resident camp program, Ranch, Family Camp, and other year-round programs at camp. 

Ensures programs are of the highest quality and built on local & national research and best practices.

Through careful quality assessment and evaluation, assesses programs impact and outcomes annually; ensures a culture of continuous improvement within program team


Oversees historical preservation, remodeling and new construction projects, including overseeing vendor relationships, construction, managing timelines and ensuring quality control.

Supports successful American Camp Association accreditation.

Annually reviews, implements, and evaluates risk management plans for facilities and summer programs.

Acts as “on-call” onsite support for Namanu’s programs and facilities. 


Travels primarily to Sandy, OR (Camp Namanu) and also infrequently travels out-of-the-area which may include overnight stays.

Serves on organization Management Team.

Through compelling public speaking, inspires the community about Camp Fire’s work.

Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.


Soft Skills:

  • Culturally responsive with a passion for developing youth to achieve their full potential.
  • Desire and ability to empower students of varying cultural, religious, socio-economic, and other diverse identities and backgrounds who may feel disengaged.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback and making on-going program adjustments.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manages time and stress levels, and proactively solve problems.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • High level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.

     Education and/or Experience: 

    Five years of experience with facility management and supervising youth camping programs. Working with youth from diverse cultures and communities is required.

    Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in Business, Recreation, Administration, or a related field; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.                                                                              

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

    This position requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card, First Aid & CPR certification and a valid insurable Driver’s License. Knowledge of ACA Standards and experience leading the accreditation process is strongly preferred. 

    Physical Demands 

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

    The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and work in high, precarious places. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Location: Portland, OR
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